Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message to the people of Australia following devastating droughts in the country.
The Queen of Australia sent a message to the “stoic and determined” farmers who have been left with inadequate food and water supplies which has left them with no option but to slaughter much of their livestock.
In her statement, the 92-year-old Monarch said: “Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to hear of one of the worst Australian droughts in living memory.
“I know Australia as a land where extremes of weather, floods and droughts are taken in their stride, and life goes on with a stoic and determined spirit.
“It is clear, however, that the current drought is taking an immense toll, especially on those living and working in rural communities, who are, in so many ways, the very heart and soul of Australia.
“It is heartening and reassuring to see that families, communities and the entire nation are working together and supporting each other at this time of need.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the many individuals, families, communities and businesses who have been affected, and I send my sincere thanks to all those who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their support.
The Queen also made a private donation to support the relief efforts.